England’s Alastair Cook: missed a shot at becoming England’s sixth Test triple-centurion. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Alastair Cook’s chanceless Edgbaston vigil ended at last on 243 but still maintained England’s dominant position on a rain-shortened second day of the(...)

The two-night ‘Ashford Castle Fairytale experience’ includes private chauffeur, afternoon tea, falconry and lots, lots more - if your pockets are deep enough to afford the €4,350 to €6,350 price tag

A “fairytale” experience at Ashford Castle has been listed as one of the 25 best travel experiences in the world. The listing was compiled by US trav(...)

As many as 10,854 cases of child rape were reported in India in 2015, according to the country’s National Crime Records Bureau. Photograph: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion by India’s top court gave birth on Thursday in a case that has drawn outrage about the sexual abu(...)

Alibaba’s stock is up more than 81 per cent this year. Photograph: Reuters

Alibaba, China’s top e-commerce firm, beat analyst estimates with a 56 per cent rise in first-quarter revenue, driven by strong online sales. Thursda(...)

Get some late-summer sun during the last week of August in Gran Canaria.

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Mikhail Amelkin, chief technology officer of Tion, a start-up that manufactures air-purification systems in Akademgorodok, in Siberia, a town specially designed for scientists in the Soviet period. Photograph: James Hill/New York Times

Dmitri Trubitsyn is a young physicist-entrepreneur with a patriotic reputation, seen in this part of Siberia as an exemplar of the talents, dedication(...)

 Russia’s former economic development minister Alexei Ulyukaev laughs at a hearing in his corruption case at the Zamoskvoretsky District Court in Moscow on August 16th. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Signs of Kremlin infighting surfaced on Wednesday as Alexei Ulyukaev, the former Russian minister of economic development, told a Moscow court that Ig(...)

Following on from Anchorman 2 and Zoolander 2, the latest in a series of belated sequels to emerge from Paramount Studios ought to be the most superfl(...)

The Red Fort monument is reflected on the bulletproof glass covering the podium from where Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will deliver an  independence day speech in Delhi on Tuesday. Photograph: AP

National flags are being hawked at traffic lights, the Indian parliament has been illuminated, and monkey traps have been installed around Delhi monum(...)

Members of families of Hindu refugees from West Pakistan  outside their concrete shanty homes in Surej Chak, on the outskirts of Jammu, in March 2015. Photograph:  Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images

The scrubby lowlands of Jammu are stuck between the Himalayas and the dusty plains of Punjab, and home to 19,000 families stuck in time. West Pakistan(...)